Category: Beauty

why not… plaster your face in papier mache?

DIRECTIONS: -Wrap head in plastic wrap. RECOMMENDED: Industrial-sized Cling Classic. -Adapt to lifestyle sans air. -Ask a discriminating preschooler to papier mache your skull. Bribe with gummy candy that you will no longer physically be capable of consuming. BONUS: Is child enrolled in Chelsea-based art daycare and/or descended from esteemed art collector/dealer? Ask for personal fingerprint indentations for investment purposes. -Let dry. -Frustrated, preferably on a gallery night Thursday, dig into papier mache just over...

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the lady is a vamp // on sun-shunning and absent tans

Name five notoriously porcelain-skinned celebri-babes without a resort to Google search. Got them? Does it look something akin to the list below? Scarlett Johansson Liv Tyler Taylor Swift One of several chicks from “Game of Thrones” ? Girl, SAME. ["Mean" on repeat. Judge me.] It’s not that the media has a limited and narrow-minded perception of feminine beauty. As if! Vogue told me Kate Upton is the pinnacle of perfection, so obviously that’s how I should alter my...

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the long and the short of it // a woman and her hair

It’s no exaggeration to say that nearly all of [XY-branded] Gen Y is cutting off their hair. Not just dip-dyeing it blue or plying it into top knots, but full-on, straight-up chopping off their locks, and not in the charitable love variety. This is hard and fast anthropological data, folks, culled raw from my Manhattan meandering and daily Instagram stalking. And my keen eye, honed by Guido Palau appreciation and regular carrot consumption, recognizing this...

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a meditation on the psychology of personal fragrance

It was a supermodel-themed Vogue that first opened my eyes to the concept of a woman wearing men’s cologne. Karolina Kurkova, listing her ten “essentials,” named a fragrance with the suffix, “by Dior Homme” next to her skinny jeans and a four knuckle-spanning wing-shaped diamond-emblazoned ring. It was so foreign, so unexpected, and inevitably, brutally cool. What kind of woman wore a fragrance constructed for a man? I imagined an adventurous, louche woman, the kind...

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